Morgan Spiehs Morgan Spiehs





Bethel University
Visiting lecturer
February 2016 - current
Instruct visual communication concepts and global reportage as well as mentor students during hands-on assignments in the field

adjunct professor
January 2017
Instructed visual journalism, photo editing and travel skills to 15 students producing an 80-page magazine for a three-week course in Guatemala

Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska
program associate
June 2016 - present
Assist director of policy, create and execute programs related to mission, manage student interns and produce multimedia

video intern
Dec. 2015 - May 2016
Collaborated with staff and interns planning conference on water security related to
Syrian Crisis as well as produce visuals domestically and abroad

Freelance visual journalist
Dec. 2012 - present
Produce visuals on deadline for clients such as the Big Ten Network and assist during high-pressure events including the Kentucky Derby

Fort Collins Coloradoan
staff photographer/videographer
Jan. 2015 - Sept. 2015
Photographed variety of assignments for print and web on tight deadlines, planned community events, co-managed Instagram account and produced in-depth reportage

News21 National Investigative Journalism Project
visual journalist
Jan. 2014 - Aug. 2014
Researched and reported on gun culture and legislation across the country as well as produced multimedia

Lincoln Journal Star
photo intern
June 2013 - Aug. 2013
Jan. 2014 - May 2014
Photographed variety of assignments for print and web on tight deadlines for the second-largest newspaper in the state

Northeast Nebraska News Company
photo intern
June 2012 - Aug. 2012
Served as sole full-time photographer for five weekly newspapers

The Daily Nebraskan
photo editor
Aug. 2013 - Dec. 2013
Managed staff of 15 student photographers, prepared photos for print and web and shot 3-5 assignments weekly

senior photographer
March 2012 - May 2013
Aug. 2014 - Dec. 2014
Shot 3-5 assignments weekly and edited photos for print and web

staff photographer
Aug. 2011 - March 2012
Shot 3-6 assignments weekly

University-funded photo documentary trips to:
Jordan March 2016
Ethiopia May 2013
Brazil Dec. 2012
India May 2012
Produced multimedia, photos and stories related to poverty and water security


University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Bachelor’s degree of Journalism - Graduated May 2016
Double major in Women’s & Gender Studies
Senior seminar research: Examining how rural locations shape girls’ perceived educational and occupational opportunities: A study of patterns among five Nebraska women and a proposed solution

On-Campus work/involvement

Office of University Communications
Sept. 2013 - Dec. 2014
Photographed a variety of student events and provided visuals for campus publications

College of Journalism and Mass Communications
Sept. 2013 - May 2014
Gave prospective students tours, represented the college at events and answered questions related to student and academic life

PREVENT student involvement group
Jan. - May 2016
Facilitated workshops educating students on topics related to bystander intervention, violence prevention and victim advocacy as well as helped plan supporting events


2016 Dean's List
          Spring recipient

2015 Colorado Associated Press Editors & Reporters contest division II
          Portrait, first place
          Continuing story photo coverage, first place
          Feature story, second place
          Online breaking news team, second place
          Photo essay, second place

2014 Dean's List
          Fall recipient
          Spring recipient

2014 Eddie Adams Workshop
          Class of XXVII

2013 College Photographer of the Year
          3rd place international photo story

2013 National Hearst Journalism Award Program
          5th place human condition multimedia

2013 Omaha Press Club Awards
          1st place sports photo

2013 Daily Nebraskan Publication Board Awards
          Outstanding Contribution

2013 Willis Van Sickle Scholarship
          Award in Still Photography

2013 Omaha World-Herald College Photojournalism Competition

2013 National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest
          2nd place feature photo in non-daily division, circ. less than 2,000

2011 Ben Kuroki Scholarship Fund
          Scholarship recipient

2011 Moonshell Arts & Humanities Council
          Junior Event Award

Photo exhibitions

“Dreams to Dust : A historical example of a midwestern American natural catastrophe that looms relevant today”
          The Sheldon Museum of Art - Lincoln, Neb.
          April 2017
          Collaborated with Water for Food intern to produce a short film and co-curated an exhibition of Farm Security  
          Administration photographs

"Three Miles from Syria"
          Spatium - Lincoln, Neb.
          April 2016
          Featured photos and video produced from Zaatari Refugee Camp, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum while on a fact-
          finding trip to Jordan related to water security in the Middle East

Certification/workshop completions

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Outdoor Adventure Center
          Climbing basics training

University of Nebraska - Lincoln student involvement
          Victim advocate & violence prevention workshop

American Safety & Health Institute
          CPR, AED and First Aid certification

University of Nebraska - Lincoln LGBTQA Resource Center
          Trans* Ally session completion

University of Nebraska - Kearney's Nebraska Safety Center
          Advanced Driving Techniques certification

Volunteer/service work

Jan. 2016 - May 2016
Created and executed after-school STEM programing for fourth and fifth grade girls

Volunteer girls softball coach
May - Aug. 2010 and 2011
Coached group of about 10 girls age 11 to 14 to a winning and undefeated season (2011)